The Rise of the ‘Done with Church’ Generation

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by Thom Schulz

Do you still think plumbing the depths of Scripture in expository preaching is not important? Has your flock heard everything they are going to?

John is every pastor’s dream member. He’s a life-long believer, well-studied in the Bible, gives generously and leads others passionately. But last year he dropped out of church. He didn’t switch to the other church down the road. He dropped out completely. His departure wasn’t the result of an ugly encounter with a staff person or another member. It wasn’t triggered by any single event.

John had come to a long-considered, thoughtful decision. He said,

“I’m just done. I’m done with church.”

John is one in a growing multitude of ex-members. They’re sometimes called the de-churched. They have not abandoned their faith.  They have not joined the also-growing legion of those with no religious affiliation—often called the Nones. Rather, John has joined the Dones.

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About Fr. John A. Peck

Director of the Preachers Institute, priest in the Orthodox Church in America, award-winning graphic designer and media consultant, and non-profit administrator.
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